How Chinua Achebe Included The Origins Of The Ibo And Their Struggle With Religion In Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart was a fantastic book. It was educational as well as entertaining. The author, Chinua Achebe did a great job of describing the complex society and culture of the Ibo tribe. Being that Achebe’s roots originate from the Ibo, he shares accurate history and traditions that help shape the book and its perspective on how the European invasions greatly affected pre-colonial Africa.
Throughout the book, the reader will learn that the Ibo had important religious beliefs, an economic system, and social organization. This would lead one to believe that the Ibo were not as primitive as the Europeans thought they were.
Religion seemed to already be important to the Ibo before the Europeans introduced Christianity. Their religious beliefs were basically involved in everything that sustained the society ...view middle of the document...

This shows the reader that the God worshipped in Christianity and the God that the Ibo worship may be the same.
Along with religious beliefs, the Ibo also had an economic system. Their economy was based on their form of currency which was bags of cowry. What the reader may find is that the Ibo also had different economic/social classes in their society. Status was based on agriculture. Yams were the primary and most important agricultural product used to show status. The number of yams that a person had is equal to the amount of status an individual had. Throughout the story, Okonkwo is shown as a wealthy man and leader with a higher status than many other people in his village because he was a farmer and a warrior. Yams and cowries were used to buy not only necessities, but also titles that brought the economic/social status to people in the clan. Of course, there are people on the less wealthy side and also the women that have their own particular place in the economy.
Chinua Achebe does a great job of including the invasions of Christian missionaries and the dominance of Christianity in Nigeria in the story. Mentioned before, the British missionaries came to introduce Christianity at around 1870C.E. From then on, problems increased. The people of the Ibo tribe revolted many times and caused chaos throughout Nigeria. They tried to defeat the British missionaries but they could not succeed. Nigeria’s introduction to Christianity significantly transformed the Ibo clan.
Chinua Achebe truly did an excellent job of writing this story and getting his point across. I learned a great deal of information about the different religious beliefs, economy, social order, and history about the Ibo tribe. Even though the Ibo may have seemed primitive to the Christian missionaries, any person who reads this book would believe that the Ibo people were not as primitive as they seemed.

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